It was a thriller in Waynesboro on Friday night.
The Waynesboro Indians (5-4, 3-2 MPC) managed to pull out the win at home against the Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils (1-8, 1-5 MPC) by a score of 59-57.
Bryce Shaffer (6’1”, jr.) led the way for Waynesboro scoring 23 points. Cole Rhyne (5’10”, sr.) also contributed 18 points in the win.
Adam Root (6’3”, jr.) led Greencastle-Antrim in scoring with 16 points. Thomas Lewis (5’10”, jr.) had 13 points, and Bobby Emberson (5’10”, so.) and Adam Murr (6’0”, jr.) each had 7 for Greencastle in the loss.
The game was close from the opening tip-off all the way until the final buzzer.
“We wanted to dictate the tempo of the game because we knew that Greencastle has some kids that can shoot a little bit,” Waynesboro head coach Tom Hoffman said. “Unfortunately, tonight they came out, in the first quarter particularly, and I thought they shot the ball real well, executed well, spread us out. They were dictating the tempo.”
Waynesboro jumped out to an 11-10 lead in the first quarter thanks to nine points from Shaffer.
Greencastle kept Cole Rhyne, one of Waynesboro’s key offensive threats, considerably quiet for the first quarter, limiting him to two points.
“We played box-and-one on Cole Rhyne. He’s a great player, he’s been around a long time here,” Greencastle-Antrim head coach Rick Lewis said. “We thought the key was – you know you’re not going to stop him – but just to keep him under control. I thought we did a real nice job with that.”
When Rhyne was quiet, Shaffer became loud for the Indians.
“When Bryce Shaffer asserts himself, he’s really good,” Hoffman said. “Once we picked up that they were working incredibly hard to take Cole out of the game, I thought [Shaffer] was looking for a shot more and more and more, which was good.”
The tempo of the game picked up in the second quarter thanks to Waynesboro’s full-court press. Greencastle managed to battle back, taking a 33-30 lead into halftime. Thomas had 10 points for Greencastle in the second quarter, six of those ten from beyond the three-point arc.
“Offensively, we just wanted to take our time a little bit more,” Lewis said. “There’s times where we force offense, especially when it’s not coming. So just taking a deep breath, pulling it back, running our stuff, and getting a little more of a flow.”
Despite going into halftime down by three, Waynesboro brought the score back to even at 42-42 at the end of the third quarter.
Waynesboro took that momentum with them into the fourth quarter.
The Indians started the fourth quarter on a 12-0 run. Waynesboro’s full-court press and trap caused Greencastle turnovers that led to quick buckets for Waynesboro. Greencastle could not recover from Waynesboro’s fourth-quarter run, and never took the lead again for the remainder of the game.
With the win, Waynesboro improves to 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the Mid Penn Conference. With the loss, Greencastle falls to 1-8 overall and 1-5 in the Mid Penn Conference.
Waynesboro’s next game is at Mechanicsburg on Monday, January 6, at 7:30 p.m.
“Year in and year out [Mechanicsburg] executes well,” Hoffman said. “We know it’s always a battle, particularly up there it’s not an easy place to play. We’ll need to adjust on the road in their place, but we’re looking forward to it.”
Greencastle-Antrim’s next game is at McConnellsburg on Saturday, January 4, at 6:00 p.m.
“I’ll be very disappointed if we don’t get this kind of effort,” Lewis said. “We shouldn’t be overlooking anybody at this point. We’re close. We’re in position the second half of the season to really play some good competitive basketball.”
Waynesboro – 59, Greencastle-Antrim – 57
Kareem Sims 3 0-2 6, Cole Rhyne 8 1-5 18, Connor Jacobs 1 0-0 3, Ethan Lowman 0 0-0 0, Aaron King 1 2-2 4, Jaylon Bean 1 0-0 2, Bryce Shaffer 6 8-9 23, Ethan Saunders 0 0-0 0
Bobby Emberson 3 0-0 7, Adam Murr 3 1-4 7, JT English 2 0-0 6, Ryan Gembe 1 0-0 2, Ethan Shank 0 0-0 0, Tim Ehko 0 0-0 0, Thomas Lewis 4 2-3 13, Adam Root 5 3-3 16, Zach Cole 3 0-0 6, Jackson Wright 0 0-0 0